The 2018 Auditor-General’s Annual report tabled in Parliament on Thursday by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has disclosed serious public finance mismanagement by government ministries.
One of the ministries highlighted in the report is the Ministry of Primary and Secindary Education. In the report, Auditor-General Mrs Mildred Chiri said:
In the education sector, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education received funds amounting to US$6 090 000 to procure books for the Curriculum Development and Technical Services but the money was used for other purposes.
I was not able to ascertain how the curriculum was implemented without the required materials.
Some schools, particularly in the remotest of places, are still strugling to implent the new curriculum as they lack proper funding.
When the curriculum was introduced, there were some stakeholders who opposed it citing the unpreparedness of some schools to implement it.
The President of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Dr. Takavafira Zhou, was on record saying that there was need to first bridge the digital space that existed between the haves and the have nmots. He said that it would be unfair to some pupils to be writing the same examinations with those who would have had access to all equipment required by the new curriculum.
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